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  1. Quite a garage you’ve got there. I haven’t seen to many 405’s in white, it’s a nice look. Good job going thru and thoroughly fixing everything.
  2. Beautiful! I also own a PX10, a later model that I’m restoring. Sadly, someone chose to powder coat the frame, applied more modern 80s decals. The chrome was removed when it was powder coated. They did return the wine cork to the fork crown though... It always inspires me when I see nice original examples to persevere with the resto.
  3. Great job. I’ve always like that era of Peugeot’s design. That engine looks pretty daunting!
  4. I agree, I didn't love the early dash at first, but its really grown on me. People seemed genuinely shocked that I wanted to try to resurrect this old French car. It seems the owner planned on scrapping it as it wasn't getting much interest. Going over my plan to try to get the engine started, I'm debating whether or not I should remove the tank and drain it, or simply fill it with fresh diesel and treatment, and change the filter afterwards. The fuel gauge shows its close to reserve. Speaking of the filter, I'm wondering if the filter on this car was changed, or was ever original on the 505? The large spin on WIX filter is nice and cheap. I don't seem to see the obvious knob or plunger to prime the pump. I guess I just remove the top bolt and pour in diesel? Once I can get some proper manuals for this car I can tackle some other jobs more confidently.
  5. The door tumbler indeed did not suffice to fit the ignition. I figured I needed door keys anyway so I would try that before removing the whole steering column, which is what I ended up doing. The TRX tires still hold air pretty well which is impressive, although they are cracking in places. You're correct, its an XD2s, although automatic, sadly. The 5-speed TD I looked at over the summer was in worse shape and I wasn't able to do a deal with them. If I continue to love this car and fix all of its issues I will at least dream about converting it.
  6. Indeed the engine did not want to turn over by hand, so I removed the glow plugs and squirted Mystery Oil into the cylinders. I allowed that to soak for about a week. The engine has a full supply of oil, and there's nothing unusual to see there, no chunks of anything or signs of coolant mixing with oil. Hooking a jumper battery up to the car, almost everything inside works! The sunroof motor turns and there is no movement, so I'm assuming it has the usual problems. The power windows work very weakly. After the week of soaking, the car now turns over with the starter freely. My next plan will be to try to run this thing.
  7. I've just picked up an 83 505 TD, auto. I had been looking for a diesel for some time, and had only managed to find one non-running 5-speed car in reasonable distance. Maybe if I love this car, I'll try to convert it to manual. This car was cheap, basically scrap price, and based on the low miles and condition, I decided to take a chance on it. We had to go a considerable distance to pick it up, however. The car was missing its keys and had locked steering. 4 friendly helpers got in onto a trailer, which was tricky, as well as unloading. The car has only about 80k miles on it, was handed down to a family member after having sat in a barn since the late 90's. Not much else was known about it, other than the engine was possibly seized, and the turbo may have blown... On the positive side, the interior isn't in bad shape. The paint isn't great, and other than a couple dents the car is about as rust free as any I've looked at. My first task was getting a set of keys for the car. Someone had already taken the cover off of the steering column and has messed around inside for unknown reasons. The ignition lock was scratched and bent up, looking like someone was trying to remove it. I took out a door lock cylinder, as well as the whole steering column, to a nearby locksmith. It was impressive to watch someone with the traditional skills to hand file a key impression. I know have a full set of working keys. As you can see for the pic, there are a lot of loose wires, and the large white cable containing multiple wires appears to have been cut. I really need to get my hands on a wiring diagram, to start sorting out these issues.
  8. Nice work! I'm following this thread with some interest as I'm in a very similar boat, just having acquired a non runner TD as well.
  9. I’m just curious, how difficult would it be to swap a manual transmission into an auto on the 505? Probably 9/10 cars that I find for sale have the 3 speed auto. I’ve spoken to at least one mechanic who described the swap in less than polite words that I won’t repeat on here. Apart from locating all of the parts, could the job be done without pulling the engine? Are all of the factory mounting points there so nothing has to be fabricated? I’ve seen pictures of the same type transmission get replaced in situ with the car on a lift.
  10. I’ve really enjoyed reading your stories, keeping this one on the road. Keeping my eyes open for the same car TD 5 speed, so these kinds of threads are going to be very helpful for information.
  11. Wow, you do have a knack for finding Peugeot’s! I haven’t seen one on the side of the road in a long time. That grey one looks like it’s (maybe) salvageable. Northern Virginia? I’ve been to Leon’s once a while ago, although I don’t remember seeing many French Cars there. Definitely not a place for the faint of heart, I wouldn’t choose a warm season visit if I could help it. Too many bugs or other creatures lurking.
  12. Thanks for the info! I will definitely join the Facebook group, I didn’t think it was still in existence. I may be interested in your diesels if I’ve made no progress locating one, although shipping would probably be $$
  13. I'm keeping my eyes open for one of these, a project turbodiesel 505 manual.The earlier models are my favorite, although I'm flexible. It can be a project, I'd just prefer serious rust to be minimal. I've only managed to find one of these, a non running aestetically rough but complete and solid 83, seller wanted more than my $500 offer. They also werent what I would consider Peugeot enthusiasts. Located on the east coast, mid atlantic, willing to travel a reasonable distance for a car, and would prefer within a days drive.
  14. Nice job on this one so far. I might have bought this car, with a time set up to meet with the seller, followed by a last minute "sorry, sold!" message. I'm glad the car ended up with someone who is caring for it. It's also interesting to see what you've had to deal with vs. how it was described over the phone. I'm curious where you managed to find a 505 in a yard in Virginia? I'm still looking for one, but in anticipation I have called around various yards listing them in the state and didnt have much luck.
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